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Archive for January, 2019

There she blows! Mud volcanoes in the Mediterranean

Mud volcanoes don’t spew lava, but they do release lots of gases, like methane, and can form both underwater and on land. They might even form on Mars. Dr. Carmina López-Rodríguez and her colleagues investigated how and when a mud volcano in the Mediterranean formed. Read more to see what they found! Laura ZinkeI am […]

Citizen Science, Oh My!

To understand ecosystem level changes, it is important to monitor an ecosystem over a long period of time. However, long-term funding can be limited, especially during times of economic hardships. How do researchers carry out long-term ecological studies in place where sustained funding is unavailable? Read this article to get a glimpse into citizen science, […]

Greenland sharks: Caught on tape for conservation

In 2016 researchers discovered that Greenland sharks (Somniosus microcephalus) are the oldest living vertebrates on the planet. What does that mean for the conservation and management of these large, cold-water predators? This week we’ll find out. Grace CasselberryI am currently a Marine Science and Technology Doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I use […]

Slime, baby, slime!

Hagfish might look like disgusting little slime eels, but there is so much more to these jawless fishes. Read on to learn about hagfish and what scientists are uncovering about their slime! Ashley MarranzinoI received my Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island where I studied the sensory biology of deep-sea fishes. I am […]

Hawksbills in hot water? Temperature and Precipitation Impacts on Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nests

Climate change is already having effects on sea turtles. All seven species of sea turtle are dependent on temperature for habitat selection and physiology. The impacts of temperature and moisture on hatchling development have real long-term impacts on marine turtle populations. Matthew LarsenI am a second year master’s student at Coastal Carolina University in the […]

Economically vital Blue Crabs having a hard time dealing with marine hypoxia and acidification

Tomasetti SJ, Morrell BK, Merlo LR, Gobler CJ (2018) Individual and combined effects of low dissolved oxygen and low pH on survival of early stage larval blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208629.    Blue Crab is the 5th most valuable fishery in the US. Known as Callinectes sapidus throughout its range, the Blue Crab […]

A Person (or Fish) on the Inside: Scientists Discover New Ally to Fight Coral Bleaching.

Our ocean continues to warm at a rate faster than anyone expected and coral reefs are facing an absolutely massive threat. Scientists are hard at work, attempting to solve the global crisis that is climate change-induced coral bleaching and death. But what if these scientists had someone on the inside to help? Rishya NarayananRishya is pursuing […]

The real-time impact of ship noise on dolphin calls

Dolphins are not alone in their adaption to noisy surroundings. Understanding the long-term sustainability of these animals ability to communicate with each other with altered calls is important for establishing meaningful protections for them as greater levels of noise are introduced into their surroundings. Anne M. HartwellHello, welcome to Oceanbites! My name is Annie, I’m […]

What’s next for Air Jaws? Research Priorities for The Great White Shark

Since the beginning of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, viewers have been mesmerized by the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The great white shark coverage outshines the rest with television specials like the Air Jaws series filling many of the week’s time slots. There are numerous unanswered questions about its ecology, physiology, and relationship with humans. To […]

Climate-driven events leave an imprint on corals in the Great Barrier Reef

Last year, it was reported that half of the Great Barrier Reef had just died after heat stress caused severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017 back-to-back. Now, researchers believe that the way to study coral loss going forward is to understand how one climate-driven disturbance relates to those that came before it. Nyla HusainI’m […]

Antarctic Ice Key to the Carbon Cycle

A recent study suggests that nutrients from glacial melt and icebergs supports a significant portion of the biological production in the Antarctic. This in turn has implications for the global carbon cycle, since photosynthesis by microorganisms is one of the ways the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Channing PrendI’m a physical oceanography PhD […]

Acid loving algae? How ocean acidification may contribute to harmful algal blooms

Climate change isn’t just changing temperatures–climate change is changing the pH of our ocean, with big impacts on marine food webs! Read up on a recent study describing how elevated carbon dioxide lead to harmful algal bloom conditions in the Northwest Atlantic. Anna RobuckI am a third year PhD student at the University of Rhode […]

Coral Cultures- A Test of Strength

What corals can best tolerate the effects of climate change? Check out this review of a recent paper by Yuan et al. to find out! Melanie FeenI am a first year graduate student at the Graduate School of Oceanography at University of Rhode Island. I use robots and satellites to research the biological carbon pump, […]

Communication Woes: Are we speaking the same language?

Scientists know communicating the significance of their findings is a huge part of their job. But what happens when the words we use mean different things to different people? When references and metaphors are only understood by certain generations, or by people from specific geographic regions? What hurdles come after the experiments are done and […]

Have any sharks? Play GoFish and find out!

Scientists increasingly monitor what species are present in marine ecosystems as a way to figure out the health of that system and to detect if some species are threatened. Prior to the era of environmental DNA (eDNA) as a tool for detecting marine species, scientists would use traditional fish net and trawling methods to collect […]

Into the deep: Deep sea mining is upon us, whether you would risk it or not

While we have a lot to discover about the deep sea, we do know that in the depths of the ocean are a number of valuable minerals and metals like gold, manganese, and cobalt. Yet with so little known, companies are ready to dive into the cold deep, gathering these metals for economic gain. Kristin […]

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